Mission three consecutive world championships in a row was finally accomplished for Max Verstappen after his win in the Qatar Grand Prix.
Verstappen only needed three points to seal the world title and he did not even have to wait for the main race, with his second-place finish in the sprint race helping him accomplish the task. Verstappen then continued the party on Sunday, winning the race to cap off a memorable weekend for him.
The F1 calendar now moves to North America, with the United States Grand Prix scheduled to take place at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. All eyes will be on Verstappen as to whether he can continue a dominant run in the 2023 season or will the standards drop off now that the championship has been sealed.
The race for second place in the standings is also heating up, with a host of contenders still in the fray to finish as the runners-up to Verstappen in the 2023 calendar.
The 2023 driver’s and constructors championships have both been decided, with Max Verstappen and his team Red Bull emerging as the victors. Verstappen though will still be determined to continue his sensational run in 2023, as he looks to seal his place in history by delivering perhaps the most dominant season in F1’s long and storied history.
Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez on the other hand, is under a lot of pressure. It has been an inconsistent season for the Mexican driver and his seat for the 2024 calendar in a Red Bull is still not assured.
There are also reports circulating that failure to clinch a second-place finish in the season will see him lose his place to Australian Daniel Ricciardo for the 2024 season. His current standing is under threat from veterans Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, who are perhaps two of the greatest racers of all time. The next five races will be crucial for Perez’s future in F1.
Apart from the Red Bull drivers, McLaren has also delivered some stunning performances in the last few races. Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris again clinched podium finishes in Qatar, as it looks more and more likely that they will be the main challengers to Red Bull in 2024. It will be interesting to see whether they can continue their upward trajectory in the United States.
Conditions will be almost perfect throughout the race weekend in Austin, albeit being on the warmer side.
Friday will be the hottest of the three days, with highs of 32 degrees and bright sunshine over the Circuit of the Americas.
Saturday and Sunday will see the weather being partly cloudy with maximum temperatures around the 32-degree mark. The chances of rain on all three days are extremely slim.
Circuit of the Americas
Circuit of the Americas is one of the newer tracks in F1 and has earned rave reviews from the drivers for being an extremely fun track to drive on. It was designed by Hermann Tilke and opened in October 2012. The first F1 race at the venue took place in the same year and witnessed over 100,000 spectators attending the race.
The circuit has drawn inspiration from some of the best corners at Silverstone and Suzuka and is known to encourage overtaking. The length of the circuit is 5.513 kilometers.
United States Grand Prix schedule
Here is the schedule for the 2023 United States Grand Prix:
Friday, October 20
11 pm – 12 am: Free Practice 1
Saturday, October 21
2:30 am to 3:30 am: Qualifying
11 pm to 11:44 pm: Sprint Shootout
Sunday, October 22
3:30 am to 4:30 am: Sprint
Monday, October 23
12:30 am: Main race
Previous winners at Circuit of the Americas
Max Verstappen will look to make it a trifecta of wins at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The Dutch maestro emerged victorious in the past two years at the track, winning the 2021 and 2022 editions of the United States Grand Prix.
No race took place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Valtteri Bottas sealing a win in the Mercedes in 2019.
Betting tips for the United States Grand Prix
Max Verstappen is the clear favourite to seal his third consecutive victory in the United States, with the odds heavily in his favour.
There are also decent odds on offer of Verstappen not winning the race and could fetch some healthy rewards in case Verstappen does not emerge victorious at the Circuit of the Americas.
Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris of McLaren have emerged as the joint-second favourites to clinch a win in the United States Grand Prix.
Sergio Perez is the third favourite to emerge victorious.
Below are the most popular betting tips for the United States Grand Prix:
🏆 Max Verstappen to win (1.22)
🏆 Sergio Perez to win (19.0)
🏆 Lando Norris to win (13.0)
🏆 Oscar Piastri to win (13.0)